Funding Opportunities

A well recognized limitation of conventional medicine is its longstanding specialization, which often results in a view of the body as a collection of separate body parts or systems. Integrative medicine research seeks to understand connections across physiological systems (e.g. Does breathing influence the digestive system? Do body movements influence the immune system?).

In addition, integrative medicine research emphasizes integration of research approaches “from cells to animal models to patients.” For example, we know that mechanical forces have profound effects on cells in a culture dish, but how does this translate to physiological processes in a whole animal or human?

The Osher Center for Integrative Medicine offers research funding opportunities that will help move medicine toward a new model of wellness and healing.

Funding Mechanism Details

Pilot Research Grants

The Osher Pilot Research Grants provide seed grants to support collaborative projects consistent within the Osher Center thematic areas of musculoskeletal health, healthy aging, and mind-body exercise.

The purpose of this program is to provide early funding for innovative projects in the field of integrative medicine including basic, translational, and clinical research.

Funds will be awarded on a competitive basis, as pilot grants of $25,000 to $50,000, with up to four grants available in 2018.

Applications undergo a formal peer-review process and will be ranked for funding priority based on strategic and scientific merit, with oversight by the Osher Center Advisory Committee.

Timeline

01/01/2018 – RFA Announcement
03/01/2018 – Letter of Interest Due
04/01/2018 – Full Applications Invited
05/01/2018 – Full Applications Due
07/01/2018 – Awardees Announced
09/01/2018 – Funding and Projects Commence

Eligibility

All members of the Harvard Medical School (HMS) research community with a rank of instructor and above are invited to apply. Individuals may serve as the PI of only one proposal.

Review criteria

The mission of the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine is to combine research, education and clinical care to move medicine toward a new model of wellness and healing. Therefore, Pilot Projects will be evaluated primarily for their potential to advance the strategic vision of the Osher Center through collaborative, cross-disciplinary innovative research related to integrative medicine.

Projects must be scientifically meritorious and aligned with the one or more of the following strategic themes: musculoskeletal health, healthy aging and mind-body exercise.

  • Projects should not be merely an extension of ongoing work but rather novel ideas/programs which require seed funding.
  • Projects creating new collaborations between PIs, research groups, or institutions within the HMS community will be given priority.
  • Priority also will be given to projects that are translational and/or integrate across physiological systems.

Review Process

  • From the letters of interest (LOI), approximately 10 applicants will be invited to submit full applications. LOIs will be reviewed by an ad-hoc Osher Center Pilot Grant Review Committee (chaired by the Osher Center Research Director).
  • Full applications undergo a formal peer-reviewed process and will be ranked.  Ranked proposals will be discussed with the Osher Center Advisory Committee, and final decisions will be announced Saturday, July 1st.
  • Written critiques will not be provided.

Reciprocity

  • Recipients will be obligated to periodic reports of activity to the Osher Center and an oral presentation to the Osher Advisory Committee at the end of the funding period (one year).
  • Grantees will notify the Osher Center when other grants are received as a result of pilot funding.
  • Grantees will acknowledge the Osher Center in publications resulting from seed grant support and will notify the Osher Center when such papers have been submitted.

Indirect Cost Policy

The intention of the Osher Center Pilot Research Grants is to foster multidisciplinary collaborative projects across institutions. While these limited funds are intended to cover research, rather than administrative costs, we understand that some institutions require a certain proportion of grants to cover indirect and/or modified direct costs.

The Osher Center pilot award will allow up to 10% of the total award to be used as indirect and/or modified direct costs, including any indirect costs associated with sub-awards.

We encourage applicants to work with their respective parent and subcontracting institutions, if applicable, to reduce administrative costs if possible so that the maximum amount of the awards can be used for the research projects.

Submitting Letters of Interest

Questions

For questions about eligibility and the application process, please contact Aterah Nusrat at:
Phone: (617) 525-8737 | E-mail: [email protected]

 

Pre-Doctoral Fellowships in Integrative Medicine

The Osher Center funds pre-doctoral fellowships in Integrative Medicine research. The fellowship program is open to Harvard Integrated Life Sciences (HILS) graduate students1 and provides $10,000/year to cover part of the student’s costs (to include stipend and/or supplies), as well as a $2,000 travel stipend; the fellowship is renewable for three years.

Projects are required to:

  1. Include relevance to cross-system and translational integration;
  2. Add a new collaboration (new to the lab) between the student’s parent lab and another lab or research group, with preference for adding a translational component into an animal model or human model (if appropriate).

Note: The yearly $10,000 goes to the lab that is paying the student’s stipend and tuition. The principal investigator (PI) of the collaborating lab will not be required to be a co-mentor or be part of the student’s thesis committee.

However, the collaborating PIs are required to meet quarterly with the student, and the student is required to submit a report of these meetings, as well as a yearly progress report to the Osher Center. Renewal of the fellowship will be contingent upon satisfactory completion of these requirements.

The Pre-Doctoral Fellowship Program is led by Drs. Helene Langevin, Osher Center Director, and Peter Wayne, Osher Center Research Director. These individuals and other faculty and staff comprise the Pre-Doctoral Fellowship Steering Committee. All members of the Steering Committee work closely together in the areas of student selection and evaluation of research projects. The Steering Committee meets at least twice annually to review student recruitment, select applicants, and review and evaluate the research mentorship and progress of the trainees. Management and staff of the Osher Center provide financial and operational management and support to the Program.

Download Fellowship Program Overview

Application Cycles: Up to two fellowships can be awarded each academic year, with one applicant selected after each cycle deadline:

1st Cycle Application Deadline: January 16, 2018. Awardees will be notified by March 1, 2018
2nd Cycle Application Deadline: June 12, 2018. Awardees will be notified by August 1, 2018.

To Apply: If eligible¹, please send the following items to our program manager, Aterah Nusrat at [email protected]:

Questions:
For questions about the program, please contact Aterah Nusrat: (617) 525-8737 | E-mail: [email protected]

This program is open to all HILS graduate students, with the exception of those students in the Biological Sciences in Dental Medicine Program. 

 

Post-Doctoral Fellowships in Integrative Medicine (NIH funded)

A key element of the education agenda for the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine is a research fellowship training program, which has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) since 1999.

Under the direction of Dr. Gloria Yeh, Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and a clinician investigator in the Division of General Medicine and Primary Care at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), the program allows participants to complete a Master of Public Health degree from the Harvard School of Public Health, followed by a year of protected time to complete innovative research projects.

This highly successful program has graduated 20 post-doctoral (predominantly MD) fellows, most of whom have gone on to positions in academic medicine. The training program touches all of the major HMS-affiliated hospitals, with fellows past and present conducting research studies at different institutions based on their areas of interest.

Prospective Applicants: Key Dates

  • September 18, 2017 – Application deadline for July, 2018 start
  • October 23, 2017 – Candidate interviews (group and individual) for 2018
  • December 1, 2017 (anticipated) – Application deadline for 2018 Harvard School of Public Health Master’s Program
  • February 1, 2018 (anticipated) – Application deadline for 2018 Program in Clinical Effectiveness
  • July 2, 2018 – Fellowship begin.More information about the Integrative Medicine fellowship at HMS can be found here.